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King Mo Tore His Knee Up Pretty Good Against Feijao, Could Be Out 9 Months


(Big ups to Team Thirsty, Team Get Dat Paper and Team Having-a-Second-Reconstructive-Knee-Surgery-in-Less-Than-Two-Years. PicProps: Esther Lin, obvi.)

OK, so here’s a textbook example of why fighters need managers (preferably managers who are not also their girlfriends, because that’s a no-win situation for everyone): Word out of Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal’s camp in the wake of his loss to Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante at Strikeforce: Houston on Saturday is that Mo blew out both the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee during the bout. Because he’s an MMA fighter, Lawal wanted to squeeze in one more fight before opting to have surgery, but fortunately cooler (read: sane) heads prevailed. Manager Ryan Parsons now says the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion could be out for up to nine months.

“Mo wanted to take one more fight, but we decided that this injury should be attended to first,” Parsons told Sherdog.com yesterday.  Um, yeah. No shit.


For those of you scoring at home the ACL and PCL are two of the four major ligaments responsible for holding a guy’s knee together. The ACL seems to be the most poorly designed (Ed. Note: Way to go, God.)  as its destruction is the most common serious knee injury in sports. It’s also the ligament most likely to be referred to by infuriating ESPN “personalities” simply as the “Cru.” For example, “Homie blew out his Cru,” or “He’s out for the year rehabbing a Cru.” If that doesn’t make you want to die, I don’t know what will.

Anyway, the relevant point here being that it would be pretty crazy for Lawal to go out and try to compete in an MMA fight without the use of those two ligaments, though certainly dudes have done it before. For his part, the fighter says he doesn’t know when during the fight the injury occurred, but is somehow pretty sure it didn’t happen while he was shooting for a takedown on Feijao.

Sherdog reports this will be Lawal’s second ACL surgery since beginning his MMA fighting career. The first came after he injured his knee in the opening round of a fight against  Ryo Kawamura at Sengoku “Seventh Battle” in March 2009. Lawal went on to win that fight by decision.

This weekend, Feijao stopped him after a series of strikes in the third round, claiming the Strikeforce 205-pound strap and dealing the former Oklahoma State wrestler his first career loss. As a side note, King Mo’s defeat led to fairly entertaining Twitter exchange between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lawal teammate Daniel Cormier, which you can read here and here.

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Mr_Misanthropy- August 24, 2010 at 2:34 pm
That's nipple BLING, son.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 24, 2010 at 2:33 pm
I've been kind of harsh on Ol' Kang Moe in the past (I had christened him "King Mope"), but I suspect that underneath that blustery exterior is just a dude. A dude who needs a little attention... and now some rehab.

I'm going to get him one of those thoroughly condescending Hallmark get-well cards, the kind that subtly imply there is something wrong with your character because you are not healthy. I'm thinking: "It's obvious... God likes me better than you because I'm not hurt. Get well soon!"
RwilsonR- August 24, 2010 at 2:32 pm
^^^ ...just a dude who is a nipple ring wearing bitch.
RwilsonR- August 24, 2010 at 1:11 pm
But I think Antoine Merriweather hated it!
agentsmith- August 24, 2010 at 12:51 pm
That photo deserves two snaps and a rewind.
DangadaDang- August 24, 2010 at 12:07 pm
Other sources are reporting that in addition to his injuries, King Mo's breaf does in fact stank.
floppytall- August 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm
@ mysterywriter

Why'd you put up a picture of Blaine Edwards from Men on Film? Is it because King Mo's performance doesn't deserve an "around the world and back snap"?
glassjawsh- August 24, 2010 at 11:42 am
a fight between rampage and daniel cormier would go a lot like the fight between rampage and rashad....that is to say....lame

also @ merlin i refer you to this hxxp://media.photobucket.com/image/flowchart%20oh%20snap/sternau/oh_snap_flowchart_sm.jpg (for the uninitiated just change the xx's at the beginning to tt's, and for the previously initiated....uh.....fuck off)
Jaye Priest- August 24, 2010 at 11:38 am
"King" Mo -- Dam docta, my nee's no goode no mo ???!!?? Whadda bout my Dain Brammage??????
Merlin- August 24, 2010 at 11:23 am
OH SNAP ...
NICE!
Merlin- August 24, 2010 at 11:23 am
NICE!
ReX13- August 24, 2010 at 11:23 am
Damn, i guess that video of those two talking shit in the van with Lashley was more real than i thought.
RwilsonR- August 24, 2010 at 11:19 am
Well, Merlin, I'm sure there weren't a lot of black Muslim wrestlers in the midwest, so Mo has to represent. Holla!
Merlin- August 24, 2010 at 11:08 am
Naw he'll still be king, and get nappy headed tranny hoe's to jjiggaboo his entrances.

Viva Tranny Nirvana Muhammed Lawal!
RwilsonR- August 24, 2010 at 11:01 am
@ fourTwenty - I believe Chuck Liddell went into his second fight with Tito Ortiz with both a torn ACL and MCL. It was the biggest fight in the UFC up to that time, so I think he probably had a lot of pressure to not cancel, but still...

Daniel Cormier is a fat fuck! I'd like to see a motivated Rampage fight his fat ass. But I doubt we'll see a motivated Rampage again. He seems done, which kinda sucks.
Viva Hate- August 24, 2010 at 10:51 am
Any word on the damage to his ego? Nipple ring wearing bitch
El Guapo- August 24, 2010 at 10:47 am
^ ^^Good call, he did go stiff after getting kneed in the mouf. I was thinking maybe he hurt it doing that little bullshit shoulder shimmy, but that was more wishful thinking than anything..
flyingogoplata- August 24, 2010 at 10:46 am
Probably blew them out before the fight when the hydraulics in the Huggy-mobile went haywire.
steampunk22- August 24, 2010 at 10:43 am
I'm pretty sure Anterior Cruciate Ligament is latin for "Overrated" and Posterior Cruciate Ligament means "Keep your fucking HANDS UP".

But I could be wrong. I'm not a doctor.

;P
Get Off Me- August 24, 2010 at 10:38 am
While he was back peddling after taking the big knees from Feijao, Mo got hit with a hook that made both legs lock straight up you could see the left knee buckle and release, it looked to me like he blew his knee out just before hitting the canvas. Mo did not get back to his feet from that point on and the fight got called soon after.
fourTwenty- August 24, 2010 at 10:35 am
Somebody's lying about something. No way he blew out his ACL and PCL and still wants to fight.
BONGTAR- August 24, 2010 at 10:33 am
he needs to work on more than just the knee. he annoys the SHIT outta me.
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